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The Lost Explorer

By Conrad Anker,David Roberts
  • ISBN Code: : 1472113314
  • Publisher : Constable
  • Pages : 160
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
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In 1999, Conrad Anker found the body of George Mallory on Mount Everest, casting an entirely new light on the mystery of the lost explorer. On 8 June 1924, George Leigh Mallory and Andrew 'Sandy' Irvine were last seen climbing towards the summit of Everest. The clouds closed around them and they were lost to history, leaving the world to wonder whether or not they actually reached the summit - some 29 years before Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay. On 1 May 1999, Conrad Anker, one of the world's foremost mountaineers, made the momentous discovery - Mallory's body, lying frozen into the scree at 27,000 feet on Everest's north face. Recounting this day, the authors go on to assess the clues provided by the body, its position, and the possibility that Mallory had successfully climbed the Second Step, a 90-foot sheer cliff that is the single hardest obstacle on the north face. A remarkable story of a charming and immensely able man, told by an equally talented modern climber.

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  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Book Code : 0008156131
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 956
  • Pdf File: walking-through-spring.pdf

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‘The most effective advertisement for the countryside I've ever encountered’ Daily Mail Walking Through Spring follows Graham Hoyland’s journey as he traces a new national trail, walking north with Spring from the South Coast to the Borders.

Everest

By Thomas F. Hornbein
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  • Publisher : Mountaineers Books
  • Book Code : 1594858640
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 849
  • Pdf File: everest.pdf

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"Not only did Hornbein play a crucial role in one of the most extraordinary accomplishments in the history of mountaineering, his account of the feat is one of the finest things ever written about this peculiar, hazardous, and uncommonly engaging pursuit." —Jon Krakauer * Special anniversary edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest via the West Ridge * The West Ridge remains the least attempted and most deadly of recognized routes on Everest * In 2012 major media covered two failed expeditions on the West Ridge; both teams are planning to try again in 2013 In 1963, Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Everest via the South Col route. Roughly two weeks after Whittaker's achievement, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld, fellow American mountaineers on the same expedition, became the first climbers ever to summit the world's highest peak via the dangerous and forbidding West Ridge—a route on which only a handful of climbers have since succeeded. This special 50th anniversary edition reintroduces the adventure in a larger format with full-color photographs by members of the expedition, including leader Norman G. Dyhrenfurth and team doctor Jim Lester. In addition to a new foreword by Jon Krakauer, this volume also features a new preface by Hornbein along with a series of prefaces he wrote for earlier editions, including the original from 1965, and a map by Dee Molenaar. Updated bios of all the American Mount Everest Expedition team members, written by climber Broughton Coburn, are now accompanied by contemporary portraits from the expedition.

Coastwise

By Peter Firstbrook
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  • Publisher : Fernhurst Books Limited
  • Book Code : 1912621541
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 639
  • Pdf File: coastwise.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Coastwise examines the coastline of the British Isles as a dynamic environment and offers you an understandable explanation of how the coastline functions as a single entity. It is supported by hundreds of stunning photos and illustrations. It begins by exploring how the forces of nature combine to create its physical features (and continue to do so). This is a multifaceted story that involves ancient geology and powerful ocean forces. It then turns to the living nature of the coast, covering the unique plants, animals and other organisms whose interdependence keeps the coast alive and healthy. These amazing creatures are described and displayed in full colour. The third part of the book looks at how humans have interacted with the coast, using it for defence, commerce and leisure. It explores these aspects from the earliest times to the present day. The final section shows, for each coastal region, where the features discussed in the book can be observed and enjoyed, giving you a practical way of exploring the elements described in the book. All aspects of the coast are covered, making it essential reading – or a wonderful gift – for all those who spend time on Britain’s coast. As Countryfile presenter, Tom Heap, says in his Foreword: “These pages are a practical love letter to Britain’s waterfront and no seaside holiday home should be without them.”

The Obamas

By Peter Firstbrook
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  • Publisher : Crown
  • Book Code : 0307591425
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 289
  • Pdf File: the-obamas.pdf

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"Fascinating...adds many interesting details to what we know of the President’s heritage." --David Remnick, TheNewYorker.com On January 20, 2009, a few hundred men, women, and children gathered under trees in the twilight at K’obama, a village on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Barack Obama’s rise to the American presidency had captivated people around the world, but members of this gathering took a special pride in the swearing in of America’s first black president, for they were all Obamas, all the president’s direct African family. In the first in-depth history of the Obama family, Peter Firstbrook recounts a journey that starts in a mud hut by the White Nile and ends seven centuries later in the White House. Interweaving oral history and tribal lore, interviews with Obama family members and other Kenyans, the writings of Kenyan historians, and original genealogical research, Firstbrook sets the fascinating story of the president’s family against the background of Kenya’s rich culture and complex history. He tells the story of farmers and fishermen, of healers and hunters, of families lost and found, establishing for the first time the early ancestry of the Obamas. From the tribe’s cradleland in southern Sudan, he follows the family generation by generation, tracing the paths of the famous Luo warriors—Obama’s direct ancestors—and vividly illuminating Luo politics, society, and traditions. Firstbrook also brings to life the impact of English colonization in Africa through the eyes of President Obama’s grandfather Onyango. An ambitious and disciplined man who fought in two world wars, witnessed the bloody Mau Mau insurrection, and saw his country gain independence from white rule, Onyango was also hot-tempered and autocratic: family lore has it that President Obama’s grandmother abandoned the family after Onyango attempted to murder her. And Firstbrook delves into the troubled life of Obama’s father, a promising young man whose aspirations were stymied by post-independence tribal politics and a rash tendency toward self-destruction—two factors that his family believes contributed to his death in 1982. They say it was no accident, as described in the president’s memoirs, but rather a politically motivated hit job. More than a tale of love and war, hardship and hard-won success, The Obamas reveals a family history—epic in scope yet intimate in feel—that is truly without precedent.

Everest 1922

By Mick Conefrey
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1639361464
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : History
  • Members : 466
  • Pdf File: everest-1922.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The dramatic and inspiring account of the very first attempt to climb Mount Everest, published to coincide with the centenary of the expedition of 1922. The first attempt on Everest in 1922 by George Leigh Mallory and a British team is an extraordinary story full of controversy, drama, and incident, populated by a set of larger-than-life characters straight out of an adventure novel. The expedition ended in tragedy when, on their third bid for the top, Mallory's party was hit by an avalanche that left seven men dead. Using diaries, letters, and unpublished accounts, Mick Conefrey creates a rich, character-driven narrative that explores the motivations and private dramas of the key individuals—detailing their backroom politics and bitter rivalries—who masterminded this epic adventure.

No Mean Feat

By Mark Inglis
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  • Publisher : Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • Book Code : 1775532208
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 320
  • Pdf File: no-mean-feat.pdf

Book Short Summary:

How a man who lost both legs below the knee overcame the odds to achieve incredible academic, sporting and industrial success, including a Paralympic medal in cycling. Mark Inglis was only 23 when he became a double amputee. No Mean Feat describes how he and fellow climber Phil Doole were trapped in an ice cave near the summit of New Zealand's Mt Cook for 13 days with minimal equipment and little food. By the time they were air-lifted out both men had severe frostbite and had to spend months in hospital recovering. Since then, Mark has set himself a number of formidable goals and achieved incredible success, including medals for skiing and cycling. No Mean Feat is an inspiring story of remarkable courage and determination, told with humour and a powerful zest for life.

The Summit

By Eric Alexander
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  • Publisher : New Leaf Publishing Group
  • Book Code : 1614580235
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 444
  • Pdf File: the-summit.pdf

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“I have read several accounts of Everest climbs, but none gave me the "behind the scenes" view this book provides... Whether you get exercise climbing mountains or strolling shopping malls, you'll find your heart racing as you read The Summit: Faith Beyond Everest's Death Zone. If not, you should call 911 immediately and get checked for a pulse.” - Philip Yancey It’s one of the greatest challenges one can face on Earth; an ascent to the top of the world on the slopes of Mount Everest. Eric Alexander experienced grace and a faith-empowering journey he will never forget as part of a record-setting team in May 2001, scaling the heights of Everest with his friend, blind climber Erik Weinhenmayer. Experience some of the most dangerous locations in the world, including abject terror on Amadablam, a blind ski descent of Russia’s Mount Elbrus, and up Kilimanjaro in Africa with four blind teens Gain wisdom in the application of trust, courage, innovation, teamwork, leadership, and integrity to overcome your own Everests Discover practical faith lessons learned on the highest peaks of six continents Here is the powerful story of Eric Alexander and his unique life journey of guiding people with disabilities to the most perilous places of the world, including Mount Everest’s first blind ascent. In The Summit: Faith Beyond Everest’s Death Zone you will follow in their historic footsteps, and learn about faith, trust, prayer, depending on God, as well as the perseverance needed during these climbs and in your own life. Be inspired and motivated by Eric’s insight, not simply to survive but to thrive every day in God’s grace.

Masterful Stories

By John V Pavlik
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1315530759
  • Total of Pages : 360
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 321
  • Pdf File: masterful-stories.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The early eras of radio storytelling have entered and continue to enter the public domain in large quantities, offering unprecedented access to the Golden Age of Radio. Author and Professor John Pavlik mines the best this age of radio has to offer in Masterful Stories, an examination of the masterpieces of audio storytelling. This book provides a chronological history of the best of the best from radio’s Golden Age, outlining a core set of principles and techniques that made these radio plays enduring examples of storytelling. It suggests that, by using these techniques, stories can engage audiences emotionally and intellectually. Grounded in a historical and theoretical understanding of radio drama, this volume illuminates the foundational works that proceeded popular modern shows such as Radiolab, The Moth, and Serial. Masterful Stories will be a powerful resource in both media history courses and courses teaching audio storytelling for modern radio and other audio formats, such as podcasting. It will appeal to audio fans looking to learn about and understand the early days of radio drama.

The Worst Journey in the World

By Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1510707581
  • Total of Pages : 712
  • Category : History
  • Members : 389
  • Pdf File: the-worst-journey-in-the-world.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore,” wrote Apsley Cherry-Garrard in the opening chapters of his now classic exploration narrative, The Worst Journey in the World. The incredible tale that he tells is of the fated last voyage of Captain Robert Scott and his crew to the outermost reaches of the South Pole on the Terra Nova. Chronicling the journey of the Terra Nova from England in 1910 to New Zealand in 1913, The Worst Journey in the World vividly describes the entirety of Scott’s harrowing and tragic final expedition. Driven by a lust to investigate the untold scientific knowledge contained within the South Pole, these courageous pioneers embarked on a journey into previously unexplored territory, subjecting themselves to the ultimate physical and mental limits as they traveled the massive expanses of the icy tundra. Cherry-Garrard was a key member of the Terra Nova crew that, in addition to the desire to uncover scientific data, desperately sought to be the first Europeans to reach the South Pole. But the expedition was thwarted at every turn by punishing weather, extreme bad luck, and the intense physical and mental decline of the crew on the final stages of their journey. Confronted by the shattering knowledge that rival explorer Roald Amundsen had reached the South Pole only a few weeks before them, Scott’s team then had to negotiate the last stage of their voyage, a doomed attempt which has no equal in peril, disaster, and tragedy. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Towards Thin Air

By Vijay Malur
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  • Publisher : LifeRich Publishing
  • Book Code : 1489709614
  • Total of Pages : 120
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 139
  • Pdf File: towards-thin-air.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Vijay Malur looks back at a life filled with happy, sad, depressing, and exhilarating experiences in this inspiring memoir. Everything for the successful physician changed in 1998 when an accident took away some of his memory and sight. Three months later, he underwent quadruple cardiac bypass surgery. By taking life one day at a time, he found he could accomplish things he never would have imagined. That outlook was what enabled him in 2003 to scale the base camp of Mount Everest from Lukla after trekking more than seven days. More than ten years later, he would reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He celebrated his seventieth birthday at the top of the mountain. If someone who has lost his intellectual memory and faced death can find the will to live and enjoy life to the fullest, then cant you? Find the strength to overcome any obstacle and stop holding yourself back. It begins with learning the life lessons in Towards Thin Air.

The Road to Sagarmatha

By Adam A. Wilson
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 9781456815974
  • Total of Pages : 284
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 242
  • Pdf File: the-road-to-sagarmatha.pdf

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Up in the “Death Zone” of Mt. Everest, world famous freelance photographer Aaron Temple is dying. Paralyzed by altitude sickness, he has been left behind by Dave Horton, leader and financial backer of the 50th anniversary climb of the famed mountain. As the deep sleep of hypothermia edges closer, his unsettled consciousness still ponders the question of why this was happening to him. “Not here,” he whispers as the light begins to fade and the wind whips sheets of cascading snow down upon him. “Not now.” Aaron perishes on the mountain. Back in Orlando, when hotel accountant Hank Longo, Aaron’s best friend, hears the news, it is a crushing loss. The buddy who had been his life sharing, brother-in-arms comrade had died and questions still remain as to how he had succumbed to the harsh elements when everyone else managed to get off the mountain. Hank dreams about Aaron lying half buried in the snow with an arm outstretched and frostbitten fingers reaching for a handhold. When he meets Umesh Bhuju, a former Sherpa climber, he is told that the dreams will continue as long as Aaron’s body remains on Everest and his spirit trespasses with the deities that protect the mountain. Hank concludes he cannot leave his friend where he is. In spite of his lack of climbing skill, the power of loyalty compels Hank to travel to the Himalayas in order to find his friend and bring him home. With an amazing assembled crew of men & women, he journeys to retrace the same steps Aaron had taken, hoping that the answer as to why his friend had died lies somewhere between Katmandu and the 29,000 foot summit of Everest. Bringing back Aaron from the highest point on Earth will be the greatest challenge of his life. The road he is about to take, “The Road to Sagarmatha,” is the only one that can once again make him whole.